3 Responses to French Liberalism Links Reborn

  1. Black Bloke June 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Liberal internet TARDIS.

    Something I can’t recall – Was there originally a liberal inspiration for the Marxian exploitation theory among the group that Hart studied? If there was what were the ideas involved? If not, did that lead to the popular attraction that Marxism and the radical liberals didn’t?

    • Roderick June 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Well, the Dunoyer/Thierry/(Charles)Comte group was initially mixed up with the Saint-Simon/(Auguste)Comte group, and it took the two sides a while to realise they weren’t all on the same page. (Some details here.) And Saint-Simon was a major influence on Marx.

      As for why Marx got the edge on the radical liberals, one problem, perhaps, is that a lot of the radical liberals started moving right; the rightward slide that Tucker complains about in Spencer besets French liberalism also. (Why that happened is the real question.)

      • Black Bloke June 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

        If I recall correctly, wasn’t it the temptation of power provided by the July monarchy?

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